Tenna Star

Tenna Star

 London, England, GBR
BandWorldReggae

Biography

Born Raymond Tenn in Kingston Jamaica, Tenna Star is a singer and songwriter who is well reputed for his powerful vocals. One of nine children, he grew up in the Red Hills Road area where he spent most of his life. During his childhood he recalls hearing his mother singing choruses throughout the days which inspired his early interest in becoming an artiste. His mother would further play a monumental role in nurturing his future career when she formed the group The Tenn’s Brothers, a gospel group with Tenna and two other brothers. Since then Tenna knew he was destined to entertain. 

Tenna would eventually trade in his gospel hymns for dancehall melodies; his earliest experience in the dance hall being a singer on numerous sound systems including Crystal Sound, Rambo International, Playmate Sound, Small Axe Sound and Kilimanjaro among others. His first song, ‘Close to you’ was recorded by Danny Brownie on the Powermatic label, he then went on to record for various other labels such as Sir Guy Label, New Name Records and GG Records. It was Kilimanjaro Studios [Dub Store] however that became Tenna’s home base where he gained great respect and popularity. Soon he was performing on various stage shows around the island singing alongside Red Dragon, Flourgon, Daddy Lizard, Sanchez, Buju Banton, Terry Ganzie, Courtney Melody, Mr Vegas and Quench Aid to name a few. 

Tenna Star migrated to England in 1994 and upon his arrival wasted no time in gaining instant recognition and fame in Birmingham and the London area. His talent was quickly discovered by record labels including Stingray Records where he recorded “Blessed Be, Rebel…My Cherie amour, You and Me, Drowning and the latest ‘’In the streets’’ from which he gained great popularity in the UK and Europe. He later recorded “African Princess” for producer Murray Man which also became a big hit in Europe, and subsequently lead to him touring with Murray Man in Switzerland and Sweden and Austria. 
Tenna Star has earned the reputation of being one of the UK’s finest vocalists, working alongside some of the great names within the Reggae music industry, among them Freddie McGregor, Marcia Griffiths, Garnett Silk, Luciano, Bounty Killer and Beenie Man. He has also supported the like of the great Sir John Holt and Beres Hammond on their UK tours. 
A true star and consummate workaholic, Tenna spends most of his time in the studio. With the dawning of 2015, he is putting the final touches on his forthcoming album which will feature songs from PhaReal Records, Groove Box and Jasic Studio, he's hoping to completing and release an EP as early as january 2015 so his fans can have a taste of what to come,........ 

“All things are possible if you put your trust and faith in the Most High Jah!!! 

Blessed Love”

Discography

1) Jah Give Us Life - GoldCup Records 2012

2) Marijuana - PhaReal Records 2013

3) Rebel With A Cause - PhaReal Records 2013

4) Zion In A Vision - Stingray Records 2011

5) Only A Smile - Stingray Records 2011

6) African Princess ? (7") Mellow Vibes 2002

7) Blessed Love ? (7") Mellow Vibes 2003

8) Mama ? (7") Mellow Vibes 2003

9) I Believe ? (7") Mellow Vibes 2007

10) We Are Warriors / Free Your Heart ? (10") Cultural Warriors Music 2007

11) Ghetto Living ? (7") Meditative Sounds 2007

12) Thanks And Praise / Save My Life ? (7") Peckings Records 2010

13) Jah Works / Image Of Jah / Tribulation ? (12") Indicadubs 2011

14) The Vibes ? (12") IndicaDubs 2011

15) Consider Yourself Lucky / In The Streets ? (7") Stingray Records 2011

16) Blaze It / Clouds Of Dub ? (12") Indicadubs 2011

17) Rebel Music - IndicaDubs 2012

18) People A Suffer / Liars & Thieves ? (12") Mellow Vibes 2012

19) Dubplate Selection Vol. 6 ? (12") Jah Waggy's Records 2012

20) Glory To Jah / Jah Bless Me ? (12") IndicaDubs 2012

Set List

Technical Rider:
- A minimum 12 Channel input XLR / 1/4” inch Console for the following:
1 Lead Vocal mic (SM58 or similar) 1 Lead Singer

1 Backup Vocal mic (SM58 or similar) 1 Backup Singer

1 Drum-Kick mic 1 Drummer
1 Snare mic
1 Hyatt mic
1 Overhead mic (optional, if possible)

1 DI for Bass Amp plug-out into mixing-board 1 Bass Player
1 Bass Amp Cabinet only (we have our own Head Amp; 300W)

1 guitar-amp mic or DI ¼” inch plug-out into board 1 Guitar Player
(we have our own Guitar Amp)

4 1/4" inch plugs into the console or 2 Double-input DIs 1 Keyboard Player
2 Keyboard Stands or 1 two-tier level stand
(2 keyboards)

1 XLR or 1/4" plug-wire (we have a wireless Sax Mic set-up) 1 Saxophone Player

- Appropriate lighting system for the stage is required

- LOAD-In, set-up, and Sound-Check usually take about 1-2 hours depending on the size
of the Venue.

- A Venue Technician and/or Stage Manager should be made available to us at Load-In